Both immigration and retirement entail loss and require re-definition of identity. Retirement poses major challenges for anyone. For an immigrant, retirement has an additional aspect of reactivating the trauma of immigration with its losses and the necessity to develop a new cultural identity. Within the context of an immigrant analyst’s personal story, Dr. Cömert will describe how an immigrant may negotiate the formation of separate cultural identities and how retirement may disrupt as well as reshape this identity structure.
About the Presenter
Píyale Cömert, PhD is a psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist with a special interest in working with older adults and with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. She is in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is a faculty member of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and on the clinical faculty at the University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Discussant: Ann De Lancey, PhD
Ann De Lancey, PhD is a faculty member of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of Washington School of Medicine, a member of the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, and a community member of the Northwest Pacific Society and Institute.